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Transatlantic Maxi Yacht Cup head by the 67m Super Yacht Hetairos

November 25, 2011

67m sailing yacht Hetairos (ex Project Panamax), built by Baltic Yachts and launched in July is at the front of the 4th Superyacht Regatta – Transatlantic Maxi Yacht Cup, which started from Santa Cruz de Tenerife on Monday, November 21. Hetairos superyacht was co-designed by Dykstra & Partners Naval Architects and Reichel Pugh Yacht Design.

67m sailing yacht Hetairos (ex Project Panamax)

67m sailing yacht Hetairos (ex Project Panamax)

Baltic super yacht Hetairos had already sailed 1096 miles by the 09:43am Thursday morning update, opening up a lead of 235 miles in less than three days on the chasing fleet led by Peter Harrison’s 35m Farr-designed sailing yacht Sojana.

This year´s transatlantic event is hosted by the Yacht Club Costa Smeralda (YCCS) and the International Maxi Association. YCCS is currently finishing its new Clubhouse in Virgin Gorda, set to complement the Club´s existing superyacht marina on the island.

4th Superyacht Regatta - Transatlantic Maxi Yacht Cup organized by the Yacht Club Costa Smeralda

4th Superyacht Regatta - Transatlantic Maxi Yacht Cup organized by the Yacht Club Costa Smeralda

Racing started on Monday in 10 to 12 knots of north north-easterly breeze and only the Wally 107 sailing yacht Kenora prefered to head south of the Island of Tenerife while the remainder of the fleet left the island to port.

The second largest yacht in the fleet, the Dubois designed 50m yacht Zefira, is in fifth place 482 miles behind Hetairos superyacht. The remainder of the fleet consists of two Wally yachts (30.55m Indio and 30.44m Kenora), two Swan yachts (the Swan 80 Emma and the Swan 82 Grey Goose of RORC); the Farr 35m sailing yacht Sojana and the 20.07m X-Yachts Karuba 5.

The start of the race from Santa Cruz de Tenerife

The start of the race from Santa Cruz de Tenerife

The Caribbean Superyacht Regatta & Rendezvous is held at the YCCS clubhouse and marina in Virgin Gorda from the 16-20th March 2012.

2011 Extreme Sailing Series in Singapore

November 24, 2011

Singapore will present the ninth and final Act of the global 2011 Extreme Sailing Series™ on the waters of Marina Bay in Singapore between the 7th – 11th December (the 9th-11th constituting the public days of the event with the Extreme Race Village open to the public). This dynamic and fast paced stadium sailing event for spectators will consist of ten Extreme 40 teams who have been battling it out throughout 2011 to be recognized as the Extreme Sailing Series™ overall champions.

Extreme Sailing Series 2011 heads to Singapore for last Act on Marina Bay waters

Extreme Sailing Series 2011 heads to Singapore for last Act on Marina Bay waters

The Extreme Sailing Series™ is a unique and high integrity sporting concept, pitting some of the very best professional sailing teams in the world against each other on identical Extreme 40 catamaran yachts, on challenging, tactical courses, close to shore to provide spectacular, stadium-style racing for the public. The award-winning circuit started in February visiting Muscat (Oman), Qingdao (China), Istanbul (Turkey), Boston (USA), Cowes (UK), Trapani (Italy), Nice (France), Almeria (Spain) and, finally, Singapore this December.

Singapore’s iconic Flyer will provide a stunning backdrop to what will be a dramatic end to the season following the penultimate Act in Almería, Spain which was won by the Swiss team, Alinghi, who are now currently in 4th place on 59 points. Luna Rossa’s second place in Spain elevated the Italian team to the top of the 2011 overall rankings, just a single point ahead of the all-French team of Groupe Edmond de Rothschild. These two teams will be fighting for overall victory and behind them, six teams will be locked in a close battle to claim third place on the podium.

2011 Extreme Sailing Series

2011 Extreme Sailing Series

The Extreme 40 fleet will be boosted by two further entries from France and Switzerland alongside the regular teams of Luna Rossa, Groupe Edmond de Rothschild, Emirates Team New Zealand, Alinghi, The Wave Muscat, Red Bull Extreme Sailing, Oman Air and Team GAC Pindar. A new team supported by Stéphane Kandler, SOITEC and the first club™, named Team Extreme – the first club™, comes with a strong French crew line-up and in addition, the Swiss team headed up by Alex Schneiter, Team TILT, will compete in Singapore after their debut at Act 8 in Almería.

Having such a strong calibre of international sailors in one series competing against each other is rare, however in December, Singapore will be witness to this wealth of experience and skill with sailors including the revered America’s Cup skipper, Dean Barker, world champions Glenn Ashby and Tanguy Cariou, Olympic medalists Roman Hagara, Hans Peter Steinacher and Chris Draper, and match racing champions Ian Williams and Sébastien Col.

The on-the-water action will be complimented by bespoke VIP corporate hospitality whilst attracting international media attention including a TV-series distributed in over 100 countries. The Extreme Sailing Series™ has been granted “Special Event Status” by ISAF, the sport’s governing body, and is a strong supporter of promoting sailing in new markets and to new audiences. This series sets itself apart from other sailing events by providing entertainment and drama directly in front of the spectators, racing within metres of the shore, in an easy to understand format with short races (approx 10-15 mins). Spectators are also in for a treat at the Extreme Race Village, which opens from 9th – 11th December, the Extreme Race Village will provide all-day entertainment for spectators with activities for kids, including arts and crafts stalls, live race commentary, music entertainment, food and beverage stalls and exciting on-water activities such as the NeilPryde Racing Series which will see 20 of the best professional and amateur windsurfers, coming from Singapore, Malaysia and Indonesia alongside exciting Moth demonstration sailing and young sailors racing Optimist dinghies.

Mark Turner, Executive Chairman of OC ThirdPole, the organisers of the event said, “After venturing to Singapore in 2009 for the Extreme Sailing Series Asia exhibition event, we decided Singapore had to be included as one of the strategically important venues for the new scaled up global 2011 series. We’re always trying to redefine the sport of sailing, pushing the boundaries and we believe Singapore has the same ethos pertaining to sport, so the fit is ideal. Stadium Sailing in Singapore will truly bring the sport to the people in this city with the world’s best sailors close enough to almost touch, and the entertainment package at the race village will provide something for everyone.”

The 2011 six-part series of Extreme Sailing Series will also be broadcasted on TV channels around the world.

175th Royal Southern Yacht Club confirms 2012 racing dates and presents high-profile National Championships

November 24, 2011

In an already high profile and packed sporting year for England, 2012 is also the year that the Royal Southern Yacht Club proudly achieves its 175th Anniversary year. The Club is therefore especially pleased to be presenting a comprehensive and exciting Racing Programme that includes a number of high profile National Championships and some ‘signature’ events to refresh the Anniversary, of which more details will be introduced at the beginning of the New Year.

Competing in the Royal Southern’s Summer Series. Photo Phil Riley

Competing in the Royal Southern’s Summer Series. Photo: Phil Riley

The ever-popular Summer Series Regattas are back in a format that allows for maximum racing on the water with minimal impact on other events taking place. In May, June, July and September, an entire weekend is dedicated to IRC, Sportsboat, One-design and White Sail/Club Class racing. Any class that can muster more than eight yachts will be given their own class start.

In addition, the Southern is very pleased to have been selected to manage National Championships for the J/80s, J/97s and J/109s. The Club will welcome back Jim Saltonstall for a Training Day, run Royal Southern Academy Match Cup Events, the X Yachts Solent Cup, J/111 Regatta, Foxers Regatta, the British 12Metre Open Championships, SB3 Racing; IRC Solent Series 2, SORC 175, Mini Tonner, SIRCON, X Boat, Quarter Tonner and Southern Six Racing, the J/109 Saturday Series, Hunter 707 Southern Championship, Women’s Open Keelboat Championships, and a Farr 45 Race Weekend.

A terrific event that is enjoyed both on and off the water is the J Cup. It returns to the Southern in 2012 and will also include the J/109 and J/97 UK National Championships.

The recently announced Biscay 2012 Offshore Race will start on the 16th September 2012. Inaugurated by the Royal Southern Yacht Club in celebration of its 175th Anniversary, the Biscay 2012 is a new open sailing race for monohull vessels and has as its Ambassador, yachtswoman Samantha Davies. A single race, run in three successive Legs, with points accrued towards an overall classification, Biscay 2012 covers approximately 950 nautical miles, starting and finishing in the Solent and visiting the French ports of La Rochelle and Brest.

The Royal Southern Yacht Club always scores highly with its members on its ability to lay on a really great social function and two dates for your 2012 diaries include the infamous Crew Balls on Saturday 26th May and Saturday 8th September, a perfect opportunity for crews to feast well and let their hair down!

2011 Nautica Outstanding Seamanship Award

November 24, 2011

This year’s 80th Anniversary J.P. Morgan Asset Management Round the Island Race, presented and led by the Island Sailing Club (ISC) in Cowes, Isle of Wight, was the largest ever to be staged with 1,908 yachts present. It was introduced in very difficult weather conditions that lead to a particularly high number of incidents on the water and the highest level of nominations ever for the Nautica Outstanding Seamanship Award, now in its 4th year.

One of the joint Nautica Outstanding Seamanship Award winners, Michael Hook. Photo Patrick Eden

One of the joint Nautica Outstanding Seamanship Award winners, Michael Hook. Photo: Patrick Eden

The Nautica Outstanding Seamanship Award recognises acts of good seamanship on Race day and is open to all those involved, whether competitors, spectators, members of the emergency services or race officers.

Among the many worthy nominations following the June 25th Race, were two extraordinarily strong nominations for skippers coming to the rescue of two separate ‘Man Overboard’ (MOB) incidents, both in big seas.

The joint winners of the Nautica Outstanding Seamanship Award for 2011 and each also receiving a handsome Nautica watch, are Michael Hook, skipper on the Britannia Events chartered Flying Fish, GBR 9043T, for rescuing a man overboard from a Laser SB3, and Paul Harris, owner and skipper of Tan-It, a Sydney 36, for rescuing a man overboard from Jings!, a J133.

The Award’s judging panel comprising Gavin Crilly-McKean (Nautica Watches), Dave Atkinson (ISC Race Management) and Simon Boulding (Britannia Corporate Events) stated that the winners were selected because, “successful MOB recoveries in such unforgiving circumstances have to be exercised with a great deal of skill and without a moment’s hesitation or regard for the rescuer’s race results.”

Farr Yacht Designs to attend Volvo Open Race stopover in Cape Town

November 23, 2011

Russ Bowler, Vice President of Farr Yacht Design, will be present in Cape Town to assist the Volvo Open 70 Abu Dhabi Ocean Racing as they get ready for the second in-port race and Leg 2.

30m charter yacht LEOPARD 3 by Farr Yacht Design

30m charter yacht LEOPARD 3 by Farr Yacht Design

Farr Yacht Design will have designers at every stopover to assist in engineering any necessary repairs, reviewing performance information and assisting with strategic decisions.

80ft Caribbean sailing luxury charter yacht Matelot by Farr Yacht Design

80ft Caribbean sailing luxury charter yacht Matelot by Farr Yacht Design

Farr Yacht Design is renowned top racing-yacht design team founded by Bruce Farr and Russell Bowler. They are also leaders in developing fast, comfortable custom and production cruising yachts, featuring practical interior arrangements, smart sail plans and deck layouts, kind handling characteristics in all conditions, with safe, well engineered hulls and superior performance.

Here is a selection of the stunning Farr Yacht Design charter yachts.

Transatlantic Superyacht Regatta & Maxi Yacht Cup 2011 has started today

November 22, 2011

Today, at 1 p.m. (GMT) eight maxi super yachts taking part in the Transatlantic Superyacht Regatta – Transatlantic Maxi Yacht crossed the starting line off the Santa Cruz de Tenerife. This year’s event, which is in it’s fourth edition, was organised by the Yacht Club Costa Smeralda in collaboration with the International Maxi Association. The fleet of eight maxi yachts will sail approximately 2700 miles to reach the finish line in Virgin Gorda, where YCCS is currently close to a completion of its new Clubhouse, designed to complement the Club’s existing superyacht marina on the island. The yachts are believed to complete the Atlantic crossing in about 8 to 10 days, depending on the weather conditions.

Transatlantic Superyacht Regatta and Maxi Yacht Cup 2011

Transatlantic Superyacht Regatta and Maxi Yacht Cup 2011

Racing got underway today in 10 to 12 knots of north north-easterly breeze and only the Wally 107 Kenora yacht chose to head south of the Island of Tenerife while the remainder of the fleet left the island to port. The race start, set against the backdrop of the Santiago de Calatrava Auditorium and the island’s volcanic peak Pico de La Teide, was a sight to behold thanks to the dimensions of some of the competing vessels such as the 66 metre Hetairos and the 50 metre yacht Zefira, both recently launched. The remainder of the fleet is composed of two Wally yachts (Indio and Kenora ), two Swans (the Swan 80 Emma and the Swan 82 Grey Goose of Rorc); the Farr Sojana and the X-Yachts Karuba 5 .

“We are pleased that this regatta is bringing new life to the idea we had in 2007 when we chose Tenerife as the starting point of the first edition of the Transatlantic Maxi Yacht Cup. The finish line has been moved from Sint Maarten to Virgin Gorda thanks to the collaboration with the Yacht Club Costa Smeralda, which is inaugurating its new Clubhouse in the British Virgin Islands.” Commented Gianfranco Alberini, Secretary General of the International Maxi Association.

“Having eight such magnificent maxi and super yachts on the starting line for the first crossing from Tenerife to Virgin Gorda is fantastic,” underlined Edoardo Recchi, Sports Director of the Yacht Club Costa Smeralda. “Despite the difficult economic situation we have an exceptional fleet here, including the new Hetairos which is making its racing debut. We hope that our new Clubhouse and Marina in Virgin Gorda will fast become a reference point for maxi and super yachts in the Caribbean in the way that our base in Porto Cerva has been for many years.”

The Commodore of the Real Club Nautico de Tenerife, Don Eduardo Fernandez Quintana also emphasised how the image and the economy of Tenerife is linked to International yachting events.

New Aegean Link Cup in Cesme Marina

November 17, 2011

Last month Cesme Marina, situated in the popular charter destination of  Turkey, hosted Greek and Turkish yachtsmen for the first Aegean Link Cup. The event comes from a collaboration between Kemal Saatcioglu, General Manager at Cesme Marina, and the yacht clubs of neighbouring Islands of Greece. The inaugural event had a great success with twenty eight yachts and some two hundred crew taking part.

Turkish Cesme Marina

Turkish Cesme Marina

The Aegean Link Cup was a pilot for a series of similar races to be held at Cesme Marina in the coming months. These will include the Winter and New Year’s Cups, which will continue to highlight Cesme Marina’s ideal location for yachting rallies and regattas. Those that took part in the event commented on how impressed they were with the race management, the quality of the marina, its many food, beverage and retail amenities and above all, the exceptional levels of service.

This and future events to be held at Cesme Marina, will fill an important gap in the Turkish and eastern Mediterranean yachting circuit, and provide an excellent opportunity for Greek yachtsmen to experience Turkish cruising grounds only a short distance from home.

Conditions tested competitors with winds up to 32 knots, as the race committee ran two races of around 15 miles each. Racing was followed by a party and prize-giving ceremony, where Cesme Marina’s General Manager said: “We would like to thank all of the Turkish and Greek yacht owners who have participated in our first Aegean Link Cup. Our friends from many clubs showed their belief in the future of this event. We are very much looking forward to organising further events and welcoming many more participants.”

Cesme Marina opened in June 2010 and has proved popular with local and international yachtsmen as well as visitors to its shoreside amenities. Throughout the summer, the marina was busy with visitors enjoying the bars, restaurants and boutiques that make this a sought-after destination by sea and by land. As the calendar of events grows and Cesme Marina proves itself as an ideal yacht racing venue, the season will extend to make the most of the amenable climate and conditions that spring and autumn provide.

Royal Southern Yacht Club wins Solent International Club Masters´ Team Race Regatta

November 15, 2011

The Royal Southern Yacht Club (RSrnYC) team was the winner of the Solent Inter-Club Masters’ Team Race Regatta held at Queen Mary Sailing Club, Middlesex on Sunday 13th November.

L-R are Patrick Liardet, Jerry Hill, Alain Waha, Steve Johnson, Brian Mead, Nick Compton, Stuart Childerley and Andrew Dallas, the winners!

L-R are Patrick Liardet, Jerry Hill, Alain Waha, Steve Johnson, Brian Mead, Nick Compton, Stuart Childerley and Andrew Dallas, the winners!

The teams were greeted with lovely autumn sunshine and a 6-8 knots SE wind. Racing took place in J80′s and two full round robins were sailed as the four teams sailed against each other twice. The two Royal Southern yachts remained unbeaten until their final race of the regatta, when it appeared that fatigue had begun to set in, and they lost against the Cowes Darings’ fleet team.

A “Master” is someone who remembers the moves but sadly lacks time to practice and perfect the subtle mark traps and yacht handling skills required
for team racing. Additionally, the crews have to meet specific age limit of over 45 years, ensuring they were all at their peak!

Jerry Hill led one of the RSrnYC crews with Andrew Dallas, Patrick Liardet and Steve Johnson. The other team of Nick Compton, Rear Commodore Brian Mead, Alain Waha had their fourth member, Stuart Childerley, gripping the tiller hard.

Thankfully no spinnakers were used and the on-water umpires were at hand to keep the peace, as some old scores were settled. All the races saw close racing with one or two bumps as the crews competed hard. The Royal Thames team were odds-on favourites heading into the regatta and clearly had a wealth of talent to send afloat against Seaview YC, Cowes Darings and the RSrnYC teams.

Opening preliminary weekend of the America’s Cup World Series

November 14, 2011

San Diego on Sunday reported the return of the ideal racing conditions, with 6-10 knot westerlies and bright sunny skies. Visitors poured into the America’s Cup Village to be present at the racing which at time brought the yachts just a few yards from the viewing points along Broadway and Navy Piers.

Emirates Team New Zealand

Emirates Team New Zealand - Credit 2011 ACEA/Gilles Martin-Raget

Emirates Team New Zealand may have been the last crew to arrive in town on Friday and skipper Dean Barker had never sailed in San Diego ahead of Saturday’s first race. But his team didn’t miss a beat, winning the Port Cities Challenge on this opening preliminary weekend of the America’s Cup World Series.

“The teams are doing more and more sailing, so the standard is getting higher and higher,” said Dean Barker. “I think in a venue like this that’s quite tricky you’ll see a lot of place changes. So it’s going to be about staying consistent.”

French Energy Team catamaran yacht Corum

French Energy Team catamaran yacht Corum - Credit 2011 ACEA/Gilles Martin-Raget

The Kiwis were certainly that. Despite winning just one of the six races, they had five finishes in the top three to win by a comfortable seven points over ORACLE Racing Spithill. Artemis Racing was third, one point further back.

On Saturday, China Team won a race for the first time at AC World Series and on Sunday it was the French teams in the spotlight. First it was Aleph with new skipper Pierre Pennec at the helm, who took a win in race four. But not to be outdone, Energy Team sailed a flawless race six with skipper Yann Guichard to claim their first team win.

Visitors in the America´s Cup Village

Visitors in the America´s Cup Village - Credit 2011 ACEA/Gilles Martin-Raget

“It’s a fantastic day for Aleph,” said Pennec after racing. “The wind was very shifty, but it was sunny, there was enough wind to fly the hull and we won our first race so a great day for us.”

“By the fourth race the crew was very tired,” said Guichard, describing his winning race. “But we didn’t make any mistakes and to get a first bullet for our team is really perfect.”

Sunday´s winner the French Energy Team

Sunday´s winner the French Energy Team - Credit 2011 ACEA/Tom Kurtz

Representatives of the five Port Cities were onboard the race yachts during the first contest of the day. Coast Guard Commander Michael Leo Guerrero won bragging rights for the Port City of Chula Vista on ORACLE Racing Spithill, racing to a second place finish ahead of the other yachts representing Port Cities, to claim the ‘fastest Port City’ designation.

“It was awesome, just great,” said Commander Guerrero, who was representing Chula Vista for Mayor Cheryl Cox. “The yachts are phenomenal, and to go that fast, is really amazing. We hear a lot about the technology that’s behind these yachts, and now I can say I’ve seen it in action.”

America’s Cup Luna Rossa Challenge 2013 in San Diego as observer

November 10, 2011

Members of the team Luna Rossa Challenge 2013, challenger to the 34th America’s Cup, will follow the third round of the America’s Cup World Series, which will be sailed in San Diego, USA, November 12-20, on AC 45 catamaran yachts.

Team Luna Rossa Challenge 2013

Team Luna Rossa Challenge 2013 onboard Extreme 40´ catamaran yacht Luna Rossa

Max Sirena, skipper of Luna Rossa Challenge 2013 and of the Extreme 40’ catamaran yacht Luna Rossa, currently leading the Extreme Sailing Series will lead this group which includes a selection of team members from each relevant team’s department, as follows:

Sailing Team:
Paul Campbell James
David Carr
Ben Durham
Steve Erickson
Nick Hutton
Manuel Modena
Matteo Plazzi
Alister Richardson

Design Team:
Roberto Biscontini
Thomas Gavieraux
Giorgio Provinciali

Antonio Marrai

The team members competing in the Extreme Sailing Series will then proceed to Singapore for the last round of the championship.